As parents, we are our own worst critics. Every one of us feels as though we should be doing more, doing things better, spending more quality time with our kids, teaching them more life lessons. With all this, we feel we should also spend time on ourselves, maintain our own identity, and cultivate our passions.
Being a parent is hard.
The one thing I’ve learned through parenting my own two kids is that it’s okay to be a little less than stellar on occasion. You must accept that you are human; you will make mistakes – everyone does. The key is to learn from these mistakes and then move on.
As parents we should give ourselves permission to:
1. Let our kids be kids.
They really and truly grow up too fast. While it’s important to teach good manners, respect and kindness, a day full of rules and regulations really isn’t any fun. Relax a bit and focus on what really matters. Let them experiment, make mistakes, and play the way they want to. Relinquish control and let them be kids.